oking23: My belief is that those who have purchased and used this lens, as I have, are happy with the results. (See the comments from the verified purchasers at B&H). Clearly it will not meet the needs of everyone, but no lens does. However, it appears that too may individuals are critical of the lens without ever using it. As I earlier indicated, it is now a favorite of mine. It performs quite well on my Fuji S5 and Nikon D300. The review should not discourage anyone from trying the lens if there is an interest. It can always be rented for a weekend before a decision to purchase is made.
I agree, I have the first edition of the Nikon 18-200 lens and have many times grabbed it out of my bag to make a shot, and was more that satisfied with the results.
Marty4650: I never did get the point of superzoom lenses. If your object is to "never have to change lenses" then why not just buy a Panazonic FZ200 and call it a day?
The whole point behind buying a more expensive ILC is "changing lenses."
Even though zoom lenses have gotten better, good prime lenses really deliver the best image quality. And even among zoom lenses, a 3X zoom generally will perform a lot better than a 15X zoom will. This is simply because ANY zoom lens is a compromise, and the wider the range, the bigger the compromises involved.
Personally, I feel you are paying too large a premium for having the convenience of not changing lenses. A Nikon 2 lens kit would cover the same range at 1/4th the cost... and probably deliver better image quality.
But that's just my opinion. Others will certainly disagree.
Well Marty your are forgetting what the size of the sensor and electronics in the larger DX bodies add to the overall quality of the image. Also those super zoom lens on cameras like the FZ200 are inferior to the type of lens being reviewed here.
The real advantage of a "Superzoom" lens on a DSLR is the flexiblity they provide. They may not be the "best" for casual shooting, travel, street shooting, they offer real advantages.
What about the Asus line of Tablets, with the ability to add their dock adds flexibility and battery life.
Mr Fartleberry: I heard it's included if you buy two Hasselblad Lunar cameras.
Marc Lorenz: It seems weird on the first glance but after seeing the video it looks really useful and may improve my main gripe with lightroom, which is slow navigation for processing a series of images.I wish it would be built into Lightroom and I wish they would kill of the stupid separation between library and develop mode and improve performance when browsing images.
Aperture is not even close to LR4's editing functions....
Klaus H: These guys really are a bunch of jokers... they rip people off for $100 plus for film presets that they say mimic real film - which is impossible! and now this... You'd need to be a mug to fall for their guff!
Am fool is often separated from his cash. I personally see no value in this software at any price.
ggsphoto: Is this really iso 16000 ? is this a typo - surely 1600 ?
The one of the gold living room is shot at 25,600 according to the notes.
Wow color me impressed with the High ISO performance. However, I'm not blown away with the color saturation. All in all it's still a lot of money for a P&S FF sensor or not.
cordellwillis: Good news. Now let's just hope IPhone lenses are not part of the testing.
Jogger: How about DXO sensor measurements as well.. e.g. instead of factory default jpgs for testing dynamic range.
@ Karl Gnter Wnsch - Wow that's a bit harsh don't you think? While you may be correct in your statement that DxO uses their test as a sales vehicle for their software, they are non-the-less the de-facto-standard are they not?
It seems to me that if someones' reviews/tests are to have meaning they need to be conducted in accordance with an established standard, or there would be no real means of comparison.
As for your comment :"I have yet to see a single test by them that is not marred by extensive and exhaustive procedural mistakes and flaws that make them complete and utterly irrelevant for real life photography." How did you come to this conclusion, what standards did you apply to whatever tests you ran to ascertain theirs was faulty.
Maybe a "IMHO" at the end of your rant would be nice.
@ all - If you check the following link to Olympus USA there is no mention of an update beyond 1.2 which was withdrawn from the downloads after install issues came up.
So what gives, DPreview says there is not only a 1.5 vers, but 1.3 and 1.4 are these not for North American consumption? How frustrating is that! :>(
esuohe: "reduce the humming noise generated by the camera's stabilization system"
This never used to bother me to begin with, but now that my EM-5 is whisper quiet.. I can't imagine what it sounded like before!
@Timur Born, this is the first I have heard about the replacement update for 1.2 (1.3 & 1.4)? Where is this to be found and what do these updates cover? What features, fixes and improvement are included?
Hey what happened to the other changes that were 1.2 update that was pulled. I thought they were fixing a few problems then would be releasing the update in it's original form.
Has there been any word from the Mother Company about addressing some of the requests for additional features like FOCUS PEAKING when in MF mode? With the millions of SONY dollars in the bank I hope they spend a little on improvements on the OM-D before releasing an upgrade.
Blaa blaa blaa. Me thinks he protests too much!
Tape5: A complete act of Lunar'cy.
Hence the name?
JadedGamer: Amazing, you would think this was the first time some people here have been exposed to luxury goods. This is in "if you have to ask the price you cannot afford it" territory, it's not for you and me. Accept it and move on. Do you yell at Rolls Royce for making expensive cars? No, you just buy something else.
Yes but at least there is quality in the RR product. This is a re-packaged SO SO Sony consumer camera. What am I saying a Luxes is a Toyota in disguise.
LensLineup: oh dear ... what were they thinking?
peevee1: This one looks and feels and works like luxury - unlike the obvious junk Leica sells at insane prices.
And you know this HOW?
tomservo33: Seriously, I thought this story was a joke with cgi mockups and then I saw the photos of this absurd device, and to top it off, it has to use Sony Nex mount lenses!!! Wow....money well spent Hassy :)
Oh but it is a joke, only they will make it and hope there are enough stupid people to buy it.
JEROME NOLAS: Suddenly Leica seems like the most logical camera on the moon, oops I mean the photo market. That's not even FF? The whole world is going crazy...